Recent Posts

Tips to Prevent Mold Colonization

10/10/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Tips to Prevent Mold Colonization After severe water damage, this bathroom had a large colony of mold. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County was employed for mold remediation services.

As winter approaches, it is important to keep in mind that outdoor mold season is beginning to pass and switch into indoor mold season. Homes during the winter generally see a spike in the need for mold remediation services. Mold grows when there is an excess of water moisture in the air and when mold colonizes, mold remediation services are required. Luckily, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County operates 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help their customers in the dead of winter with any pesky mold growths.

Dehumidifiers are a great fall/winter investment as they help to filter the late season pollen and mold spores from the air. While winter air generally contains less water moisture than summer air, the winter poses the threat of tracking snow and water into your home. This is ideal for mold growth, since homes are heated in the winter and the optimal environment for mold is created. While a dehumidifier is great for reducing the risk of mold, it is not a solution for mold remediation.

Similarly to a dehumidifier, professionals recommend running the ventilation fan when showering to remove excess moisture from the air. Mold frequently grows in bathrooms as steam and humidity attract spores and allow the spores to latch onto a surface and replicate. Mold remediation services require finesse as mold can produce mycotoxins that can pose a serious threat to personal safety. It is always recommended that professionals, like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County, are hired for mold remediation services.

As winter approaches, it is important to remain vigilant and keep an eye out for mold. In the event that you suspect mold growth in your home, contact SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, or message them on Facebook to learn more about the mold remediation process.

Roof Water Damage

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Roof Water Damage This photo features water damage to the walls and roofs after snow leaked through the roof.

Understanding the condition of your roof is imperative when it comes to preventing water intrusion and water damages. Roofs are already one of the priciest home improvements and adding water damage into the mix is sure to exponentially increase the price tag of a water damage and intrusion fix. Given that this summer in Rochester was quite tumultuous, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has already had to patch up many roofs, but before winter, it would be an excellent idea to figure out the state of your roof to see if it needs any fixing.

                Some main topics of concern when checking your roof for potential weak spots are if the shingles are damaged, if any nails have backed or fallen out, clogged gutters, or skylights that weren’t properly installed. Out of this bunch, damaged shingles are the most common culprits of intrusion that causes water damage. Missing or damaged shingles allow a lower layer of the roof to experience Mother Nature and the water damage that happens to the roof will eventually work its way into a house. For similar reasons, it is important to make sure all nails are properly intact. Clogged gutters do not allow the water to flow naturally down the side of the house, but rather pool into location and can cause water damage. Again, this is fairly similar to the skylights that let water pool in one location and wear away at a roof in one spot.

                For any questions concerning SERVPRO of SW Monroe County’s water damage services or their other services, contact the office at (585) 247-9090, visit the website, or add them on Facebook!

Mold Versus Mildew

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Mold Remediation Mold Versus Mildew Mold grows on an abundance of surfaces, but prefers hot and humid areas.

Typically, mold and mildew get lumped together for good reasons. They are both fungi and share similar characteristics, like some siblings, but also like some siblings, they are drastically different when it comes to growth and treatment. Mildew is a surface fungus that is generally easy to clean using store cleaners and brushes. Mold tends to grow much larger than mildew, is generally green or black, fuzzy, and best treated with professional mold remediation services. Luckily, one of SERVPRO of SW Monroe County niches in mold remediation!

Thankfully, toxic mold rarely grows in homes, but at the end of the day, mold generally aggravates allergies and causes general symptoms of asthma, irritated eyes, and headaches. One of the keys to mold remediation is to try and remove it from your home as soon as it is found. Fortunately, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County operates 24/7 and easily contactable (see below) in the event that your home is in need of mold remediation services. The teams at SERVPRO of SW Monroe County are quick, efficient, and professional and will resolve any mold issue with their amazing mold remediation techniques using cutting-edge technology.

Mold in the home is less than ideal for people, pets, and the structure itself. If you suspect that mold is growing in your house, contact SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to employ their mold remediation services. They can be contacted at (585) 247-9090, found at http://www.SERVPROswmonroecounty.com/, or messaged on Facebook!

Types of Contaminated Water and Water Damages Associated

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Water Damage Types of Contaminated Water and Water Damages Associated This is a photo captured onsite of "Black Water" that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County mitigated.

Did you know that there are three different types of contaminated water that can cause water damage? The three different types of contaminated water are clean water, gray water, and black water. Companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County specialize in mitigation for each type of water damages associated with the contaminated water.

  • Clean Water:
    • This type of water generally comes from a clean source like a broken water supply line or faucet. Depending on the time it has been left, the temperature, contact with bacteria, and surrounding contaminates, this water can quickly become gray or black water. This is the most common type of water damage.
  • Gray Water:
    • This type of water and water damage can cause discomfort or illness as it likely contains bacteria and illness. When left untreated, gray water will quickly become black water and the water damages associated with black water is much worse.
  • Black Water:
    • This water and its water damages generally spawn from sewage, biological hazards, or flooding from rivers and streams. If left untreated, it will cause microbial growth, severe illness, and even possibly death.

The best solution when there is any kind of flooding or water damage is to have it treated as soon as it is noticed. Hiring a professional company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is recommended as they can give advice on why the flood occurred, the category of the flood, and how to prevent water damages. If you have any questions regarding SERVPRO of SW Monroe County’s services, contact the office at (585) 247-9090, visit the website, or message them on Facebook!

Small Businesses Commercial Services

10/3/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Small Businesses Commercial Services This is a space that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County cleaned in order to help someone start their new business.

Local small businesses are the backbone of the American economy with 99.7% of U.S. employer firms being small businesses. When it comes to buying a commercial property to house a small business, it often feels like buying a home and can be just as tricky to decide on a commercial property. Perhaps the property is in an ideal location, but there are fire, water, mold, or smoke damages on the property. You can bring in a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County specializes in commercial services like fire, water, and smoke restoration, or mold remediation.

SERVPRO of SW Monroe County’s commercial services are utilized in many different settings, from apartment complexes and hotels, to schools and retail stores and many other properties in between. It can be discouraging to search properties and see damages that turn an optimal business space into anything lesser, and that is why SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offers commercial services. For SERVPRO of SW Monroe County, small businesses that employ their commercial services are easy fixes for a team or two, but don’t worry, large situations are just as easy! No loss is too large for their commercial services, as SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is a partner with a large loss division team and readily able to tackle large-scale water and fire losses.

It is important not to fret when looking at prospective spaces for businesses as SERVPRO of SW Monroe County is there to partner with you to resolve any issues with their commercial services offered. They are there to help you turn your dream commercial property into a reality. For questions about SERVPRO of SW Monroe County’s commercial services, visit their website, call (585) 247-9090, find them on Facebook or Twitter!

Commercial Car Cleanings

9/14/2017 (Permalink)

Commercial Commercial Car Cleanings This is the interior of car that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County was employed to clean out.

Did you know that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's commercial services are not only used in commercial buildings, but can also be used for car cleanings for commercial dealerships? Buildings are not the only culprit for mold growths and biohazard build-ups. Cars are just as likely to need mold remediation, biohazard cleanings, and commercial services as any residential or commercial property.

Mold grows in damp environments which are ideal for cars. We are constantly getting in and out of cars which can track in a lot of moisture that in turn creates mildew and mold in a vehicle, especially during rainy seasons and rainy summers! Furthermore, the average Amerian eats 20% of their weekly meals in the car. This leads to plenty of spills and messes that help mold to grow in a vehicle. For this reason, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like dealers to know that their commercial services extend to car cleanings to clear out any mold. Additionally, in tragic emergency situations when someone needs to be rushed to the hospital there is a risk of biohazard mess that needs to be cleaned. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County's commercial services can again be utilized for these dilemmas. Cleaning up mold and biohazard messes in a car are crucial to keeping the car's resale value in tip top shape and even more imperative to entice future customers into buying the vehicle.

Life happens and a lot of life happens in the car. The average American spends just under an hour in the car each day according to AAA. Within this hour, moisture, biohazards, and spills all build up in the car, requiring cleaning commercial services that companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County offer. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, find them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter.

Preparing for Thunderstorms to Avoid Storm Damages

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Preparing for Thunderstorms to Avoid Storm Damages Half of this home's roof caved in after a dead tree limb fell on it during a storm.

Often thunderstorms are harmless natural storms that are great fun to watch with the family, but occasionally, thunderstorms offer serious risk of storm damage and natural fires. It is awful and tragic, but SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has encountered situations where trees and homes were struck by lightning and were employed to resolve the storm damages of a thunderstorm.

While there is no chance of controlling when and where a thunderstorm will occur, there are a few things that everyone should do to prepare for thunderstorms and storm damages. In anticipation of a storm, dead limbs and branches from trees should be removed to minimize the risk of storm damages to the exterior of your home and lawn objects should be secured or put away. In addition to yard preparation, professionals cannot stress enough how important an emergency kit is for any potential storm risks. During the storm, everyone should seek shelter, optimally indoors or in a car. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County also recommends unplugging any electronics to reduce the risk of fire damages in the home. In the unfortunate event that your home suffers from any storm damages, contact a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County to mitigate and repair the storm damages.

Statistics from the National Lightning Safety Institute conclude that 1 in 200 homes are struck by lightning each year. Relating this statistic to the Rochester community, just shy of 300 homes are struck by lightning each year. Following this paragraph are some URLs to local Rochester stories of homes and people being struck by lightning and the after effects that ensued. Thankfully, no one died, but homes and business alike were affected. If you are in need of storm damage services after a thunderstorm, use a company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County whose expertise is fire, water, and storm damages. For questions, visit their website, call them at (585) 247-9090, or find them on Facebook or Twitter.

Links:

Practicing Electrical Safety to Avoid Fire Damages

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Practicing Electrical Safety to Avoid Fire Damages This microwave charred and burnt to a crisp after an electrical fire started in its cords.

Modern electronics have revolutionized our way of life and most Americans use a whole slew of electronics each day that need charging. Without a doubt, electronics have improved the lives of millions, however home electrical fires are responsible for over 50,000 fires and $1.3 billion in fire damage losses in any given year. Thankfully, companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County specialize in tasks regarding fire damages and offer 24/7 services to mitigate losses.

In addition to their fire damage services, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer electrical safety advice to all. First and foremost, for the little ones like children and pets, it is important to cover unused outlets to avoid any accidents. Similarly, keeping cords neat and tidy not only reduce clutter, but reduce the risk of a fire and fire damages. Appliances that generate heat should never have objects draped on them and should be given several inches of space for proper air circulation to avoid a fire and fire damages. A bit redundant, but electronics should never be used with wet hands for personal safety. Perhaps the most underrated advice is to unplug objects like phone cords and laptop chargers after using them. This greatly reduces heat buildup and the risk of starting a home fire and creating fire damages.

Following proper electrical safety guidelines exponentially reduces the risk of an electrical home fire and fire damages. While risks can be minimalized, they cannot be eliminated and that is why companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County are dedicated to providing fire damage services amongst other specialties. For questions, call (585) 247-9090, visit their website, or find them on Facebook and Twitter.

Grill Fire Damage

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Fire Damage Grill Fire Damage This is the remnants of someone's lawn after a grill fire.

Who doesn’t love enjoying some nice BBQ with friends and family while sitting in beautiful weather?  That’s why grilling is one of America’s favorite summer pastimes as well as the staff of SERVPRO of SW Monroe County. Just recently, Old Forge, NY celebrated their annual BBQ festival! Grilling is a seemingly harmless activity, yet grills are top contenders for property losses due to fire damages, that can amount up to $37 million each year.          

Rarely are we focused on what could go wrong with grilling, but the statistics are proof that perhaps we should remain more vigilant when manning the grill so we can avoid costly fire damages. According to a report by the NFPA, the leading causes of grill fires and grill fire damages are failure to clean the grill, having the grill too close to something that could catch fire and leaving the grill unattended. The silver lining is that each cause can be avoided and SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer some suggestions to combat each cause. First, keep a scraper handy next to the grill to clean the bars before each use. This will help to keep the grill clean and it will make whatever you are grilling taste better! Second, keep the grill in a nice open area. Be mindful of the space above the grill (I.E tree limbs) to avoid a fire and fire damages. Any home insurance agent can tell you that many fire damage claims in the summer are due to the grill catching fire after being placed in a garage or covered area. Lastly, if you are grilling and drinking with friends, crack a cold one with the boys (or girls) at the grill so you can monitor it. These are the best ways to avoid any grill fires and fire damages.

Grilling should be a no worries activity filled with laughter, fun, and great food. Use these tips to avoid fires and fire damages so you can keep hosting picnics and parties all summer long. For any questions, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, friend them on Facebook, or follow their Twitter @SERVPRO8196.

Tornado Storm Damage Advice

9/7/2017 (Permalink)

Storm Damage Tornado Storm Damage Advice This home experienced some structural roof damage after a recent wind storm in Rochester, NY.

There is an old idiom that says “throw caution to the wind” but rather than take it literally, most people adapt it to mean something along the lines of “be willing to do something without fear of the risk”. Well, if this summer has proven anything to SERVPRO of SW Monroe County, it is to not take the idiom lightly. The amount of wind and storm damages that SERVPRO of SW Monroe County has seen this summer is much greater than past summers. Something rather stunning is that Upstate New York has had seven confirmed tornadoes this summer that caused massive storm damages ranging from Western New York to Central New York.

In late July, two tornadoes touched ground right outside Buffalo in Orchard Park and Holland. In fact, the Holland tornado on July 20, 2017 was the most severe tornado yet this summer. The Holland tornado caused car windows to blow in, structural damage, and fallen trees on the Norfolk Southern Railway, labeling it as a level 2 tornado. Given the proximity to Rochester, SERVPRO of SW Monroe County would like to offer some token advice about tornado safety and what to do in the event of tornado storm damage. First and foremost, seek shelter and go to the lowest level possible in said shelter. Avoid windows as they will shatter and avoid corners as they collect a lot of storm damage from the tornado. If possible, lie low under sturdy furniture. In the event that you cannot find shelter in time, lie low in a ditch. Do not try and be like the Discovery Channel “Storm Chasers” and do not try and out drive a tornado. Tornadoes are tricky and unpredictable and it is important if you are outside to be alert for potential flooding. In the unfortunate event, that your home suffers storm damages from a tornado, it is important to know that companies like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County specialize in mitigating storm damages in addition to fire and water restoration. Contact your homeowner’s insurance agency to check your storm damage coverage and then trust a veteran company like SERVPRO of SW Monroe County who will make it “Like it never even happened”.

Storms and storm damages can be devastating and it’s definitely not worth it to “throw caution to the wind” in the event of one. SERVPRO of SW Monroe County cannot emphasis how important it is to play it safe during a storm and figure out how to deal the storm damages once the storm is over and it is safe to investigate. For questions, call SERVPRO of SW Monroe County at (585) 247-9090, visit their website, friend them on Facebook, or follow them on Twitter @SERVPRO8196.